The Gunners have seen two bids rejected for the attacker, the latest being £40 million plus £1. The Uruguayan is eager to move to the Gunners with the chance of playing Champions League football but Rodgers has warned the forward that the North Londoners are not as great as Liverpool.
The Merseysiders haven’t competed in the Champions League since 2010 and have shown little sign of returning to the grand stage with a 7th place finish in last season’s Premier League, however, Rodgers still insists Liverpool are a bigger club than Arsenal.
“Would it be a mistake for Luis to leave Liverpool? Yes, 100 per cent. I know what we are trying to build and grow here, so why would you swap Liverpool to go to Arsenal? I am not sure that it adds up to be honest.”
“Don’t get me wrong, Arsenal has a wonderful history in its own right, but Liverpool is one of the biggest clubs in the world. I am sure Luis will have seen the sheer size and status of the club here, so we’ll just see how it goes.”
The Liverpool boss remains adamant that the striker would not be leaving unless a bid of over £50 million is made, however should Suarez hand in a transfer request, then the club could be forced to accept a lower transfer fee. Arsenal are sure of Suarez’s desire to join the Gunners that they are considering asking him to do so before making a new bid.
Rodgers has hinted he does not want the saga to drag on for too much longer and has given the Gunners a week deadline to match their valuation or miss out on the striker altogether, however Suarez and his agent believe his contract has a release clause that was activated with Arsenal’s latest bid and is prepared to let the Premier League intervene to make sure his move to Arsenal can be completed.